Choosing Between Blinds and Shades for Your Home

Choosing a window treatment is usually a matter of taste for most homeowners. That said, there are functional differences between them that can affect your choice. Handyman Connection of Chicago NW discusses the factors you should consider:


Privacy and Light Control

Blinds and shades can fulfill these needs in various ways. Blinds feature slats that you can tilt for adjustable light control. Meanwhile, shades are a solid piece of fabric, so you only have two options: you either keep them fully open or completely closed. If you prefer full coverage but still want some natural light, you can choose light filtering fabric that allows you to keep your privacy.


If you have a busy household, with kids and pets constantly roaming around, then it’s best to choose a window treatment that requires very little maintenance. After all, no one has the time to constantly clean all their window treatments. Blinds can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth and furniture polish, making them an excellent choice for high traffic areas. Shades, on the other hand, need the brush attachment of the vacuum to get rid of any dirt or dust on the surface. For spills and serious grime, you can spot clean the area with warm water and mild soap.

Aesthetic Appeal

Both options can give your home a high-end look. If you’re decorating a formal dining room, then stained wood blinds or Roman shades can add to the elegance of the room. Alternatively, if you want a more classic and low-key look, basic white blinds are a great option. Meanwhile, roller shades in a colorful print can double as the focal point of the room. There are hundreds of fabrics on the market, so you’ll easily find one that suits your preferences.

If you’re not sure which style to choose, you can consult our professional team at Handyman Connection of Chicago NW and we’ll offer you our expert suggestions. Call us today at (847) 202-3232 to learn more about our different home improvement services. You can also get a free estimate.

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